SONGWRITER EVENTS - A Department of Songwriters Notes

Events from Dallas Songwriters Association about the craft and business of songwriting worldwide for all levels of songwriters whether as a tradesman or hobbyist.

Monday, June 15, 2015


This Friday, June 19th, is the quarterly DSA Showcase at Poor David’s Pub. Admission is a $10 donation which is, of course, tax-deductible. Doors open at 6PM. Music starts at 7:30. 
After the showcase, there will be an open mic - as if the showcase isn’t enough!. 

7:30 Dan Roark
8:00 John Mason 
8:30 Barbe McMillen
9:00 Mary Guthrie w/ Dickey Johnson
9:30 Buck Morgan
10:00 Rachel Platt Wilhelm
10:30 No Contact Band - Allen Larson, Ian Dickson, Paul Martin Zander, Craig St. Clair, and Whit Hyde. 
11:00 Open Mic 

Members who make their donation online at will receive priority on the open mic list. If over 20 members pay their donation online, there will be a drawing for a one year membership or DSA cap.

So bring friends, bring family - did I say tax-deductible - and let’s all have a good time. Since Poor David’s doesn’t serve food, you can bring food in. However, if enough people donate online, hors d'œuvres are not out of the question.

I’ve made my donation - tag, your “it.” See you there!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LIZ ROSE and FRIENDS at Poor Davids on May 21st 6-9

The Songwriters Round
Thursday, May 21st
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Poor David's Pub, 1313 South Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75215

The Songwriters Round is a Nashville tradition brought to Dallas by Grammy and CMA award-winning songwriter Liz Rose, with colleagues Lori McKenna, Stephony Smith, and Phil Barton. These stars will join each other on stage to showcase their work and share stories about the business and art of songwriting. Enjoy performances of chart-topping songs such as "Girl Crush," "Teardrops On My Guitar," and "Crazy Girl" as they were originally conceived!

BCA Members and Dallas Songwriters Association Pre-Sale Tickets: $5
General Admission and On-Site Tickets: $10
*You must be at least 18 years of age or be accompanied by an adult to attend this event.*

 Grammy and CMA award-winning songwriter Liz Rose has written for artists such as Taylor Swift, Bonnie Raitt, and Little Big Town.

BMI Award winner Stephony Smith has written chart-topping songs for many artists including Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill.

Lori McKenna has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and written for Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, and more.

Phil Barton has over 800 songs recorded by artists such as Lee Brice, Sara Evans, and Cassadee Pope.

Presented by Business Council for the Arts and Dallas Songwriters Association

A very special thank you to our sponsors:
Poor David's Pub     The Fairmont Dallas     Southwest Airlines

Copyright © 2015 Business Council for the Arts, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is excited to have Red House Recording Artist and accomplished songwriting workshop instructor, Cliff Eberhardt, lead a one day workshop on May 15. Check out the information below and share the attached flyer with your fellow songwriters.

The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Songwriting Workshop Presented By

Cliff Eberhardt

“Melody to Lyrics School”
Highlights of the Course

•· Review basic melodic history
· Learn how to incorporate a “Melody Vocabulary” into your song
· Learn how to look for and get the most from melodic repetition
· Learn how to develop a melody
with just one unfinished verse and chorus
· Learn how to insert different chords for melody enhancement
· Explore use of melodic intervals for melody enhancement
· Learn how to make your songs have a more memorable melody
· Learn how use musical introductions to set the melody
· Learn how to add a bridge and ending to the song
· Play and sing your song with the new complete and beautiful melody

To sign up for
Cliff’s Eberhardt’s “Melody to Lyrics School”
Go to:

When: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am – Get Acquainted 10:00 am – 4:00 pm - Workshop
Where: Residence Inn by Marriott
1040 Waterwood Drive
Richardson, TX 75082

Cost: $50
Maximum Students: 30

The Wildflower Festival runs from May 15 - 17 with multiple stages, arts and crafts booths and other events

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tom Neilson - Saturday, March 1

Sat, March 1, 7:30

Unitarian Universalist Church of Plano

2875 East Parker Rd
Politically cutting edge, marvelous wit, endlessly creative, the storyteller’s storyteller. Layne Longfellow, Lecture Theater, Prescott, AZ

Creative & compelling; skewers the outrageous behavior of the greedy & powerful in corporations, the media & government.  People’s Voice Café Collective, NYC

Does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.
Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami, FL

Donation $12.50 advance
                        $15.00 door 

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

10th Annual Songcrafting Seminar at Bluebird Cafe

Saturday, January 25 - Sunday, January 26

This unique and intimate gathering features two full days of lectures, workshops, publisher pitch sessions and discussions that will totally change the way you look at songwriting. If you’d like a summary of possible topics to be covered, click here.

Workshops run from 9-4:30 Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday at the Bluebird Cafe, with a break for lunch from noon to 1pm. (There are numerous restaurants nearby.) The Bluebird is set up with a nice sound system and has natural light streaming in during the day. There will be special guests each day including Odie Blackmon, Chris DuBois and Woody Bomar. To learn more about our special guests, click here.

Friday Concert at Douglas Corner (6 pm). Tickets: $10, free for workshop participants

Saturday Concert at 9:30 pm, Bluebird Cafe. In-the-round with Steve and special guestsDave Berg, Tom Douglas, and Julia Sinclair. Tickets: $15. This concert is a benefit for Alive Hospice.

Cost: $375 Regular price/$337.50 (10% discount!) Special Member price for members of NSAI, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC
Price includes Friday night concert.

Hour long one-on-one sessions with Steve will be available on Friday, January 24th (and on Monday the 27th if needed). The cost for an hour is $100. These sessions are only available to seminar participants. if you'd like to arrange a one-on-one session, email Phil at or call him at 615-298-5981.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Songs that Save: Songwriter Competition Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The music scene in North Texas has never been hotter! We're calling all Singer-Songwriters to enter this free contest and gain exposure for their art. Have your songs heard by Nashville producers, songwriters and record label executives and raise money for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. After fan and social media voting, the finalists will perform their original songs on stage on October 25, 2013 at the Arlington Music Hall in Arlington, Texas. The winner of the Songs that Save Songwriter of the Year competition that evening will go on to perform with some of Nashville's most prestigious songwriters at one of Dallas' top events of the year - the Evening Under the Stars event at the Omni Hotel Dallas on October 26, 2013.

Enter here:

Submission fee: FREE to enter


Have your songs heard and judged by producers, songwriters, musicians and industry insiders who have worked with top musical acts including Amy Grant, Destiny's Child, Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, Brittany Spears and many others.
Gain the prestige and promotion of being a semi-finalist, finalist and possible winner of the Songs That Save Songwriting Competition for 2013-2014.
Perform your original song at the Arlington Music Hall, with the contest winner also performing on the main stage at the Evening Under the Stars event on Saturday, October 26, alongside Nashville's greatest songwriters.
Have your original song included in the Songs that Save album to be promoted and downloaded near the 2013 holiday season.
Receive an industry mentoring session with a Music Hall of Fame songwriter and producer.
Receive two (2) tickets to the Evening Under the Stars event on Oct. 26 for friends/family to watch you perform.
And most importantly, help raise money for the amazing kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Important dates to remember:
Song submission deadline: October 1, 2013
Finalists announced: October 21, 2013

Robbie Patton
Robbie Patton is an English singer-songwriter. His first major exposure came in 1979 when he was selected as the opening act for a Fleetwood Mac tour. Mac member Christine McVie would go on to produce both of Patton's solo albums and played keyboards on them; Lindsey Buckingham played guitar on Patton's hit single, "Don't Give it Up", and Stevie Nicks sang on "Smiling Islands". Patton returned the favor by co-writing the hit "Hold Me", which appeared on Fleetwood Mac's 1982 album, Mirage. Patton wrote songs for Jonathan Cain and Santana later in the 1980s.

Teresa LaBarbera-Whites
Teresa LaBarbera-Whites brings decades of passion for the music business, a long view of career building, a strong work ethic, and a woman's sensibility to a rough and tumble industry. As Senior Vice President of A&R for Jive Records, she currently oversees the recording careers of Britney Spears, Pink, The Backstreet Boys, Nick Lachey and Bowling For Soup. She works daily with songwriters and producers to tailor the songs for each artist. She was also Executive Producer on Britney Spears' current album "Circus". The creator and CEO of her newly formed BellaSonic Records, Teresa's focus is the Artist and their creativity as it relates to today's commercial market. She is developing the careers of Amie Miriello, The Dares and Ry Cuming. Prior to working at Jive Records, LaBarbera-Whites discovered Destiny's Child when the young girls were 9 and 10 years old, signed them to Columbia Records and was instrumental in developing the group and making their records. She also nurtured Beyonce's solo career with the her first solo album "Dangerously In Love," which went on to win five Grammys, which also topped Billboard magazine's Top 200 and R&B Hip Hop charts.

Chris Christian
Chris Christian is a songwriter, record producer and a record label executive. His songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Natalie Cole, Sheena Easton, The Pointer Sisters, Al Jarreau, The Carpenters, Amy Grant, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, America, The Imperials, B.J. Thomas, B W Stevenson, Marilyn McCoo, Dan Peek, Cheryl Ladd, Jane Olivor, Sandi Patt, Ali Lohan and others. As a member of the trio of Cotton, Lloyd & Christian (put together by Mike Curb) in the early 1970s, he enjoyed two top 40 Billboard Hits on 20th Century Records. The group performed on Dick Clarks "American Bandstand" and "Midnight Special". As a solo artist he performed on "The Merv Griffin Show, Solid Gold, and was a judge on "Star Search". Christian also played guitar with Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and the Wayne Newton band. As a record producer, he is best known for starting Amy Grant's music career. He has produced The Pointer Sisters, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Dallas Cowboys, Dan Peek, Debby Boone, Steve Archer, Bill Gaither, Marilyn McCoo, Eric Champion, Ali Lohan, Pat Boone and over 100 other albums

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Tuesday, June 25th
6:30 PM - Reception
7:00 PM - Demo

Audio DAWg
400 E. Royal Lane, #230
Irving, TX 75039

Join Avid and Audio DAWg for an up-close look at Pro Tools® 11 and see how the new standard for audio production redefines what’s possible. Discover how you can take your music and audio production to a whole new level with powerful features like:
  • All-new Avid® Audio Engine and 64-bit architecture
  • Fully integrated HD video workflows
  • Offline bounce, AAX plug-ins, and expanded metering
Space is limited, so register today.

June Writers Nights at the Commadore

The Commodore GRille
2613 West End Ave
Nash Tn 37203


No cover charge

Sun Mon Wed and Thur nights

Sun June 2...John & Julie Pennell, Jimmy Borja, amit Chadha, Tony Manfetano, Rhoneil, Darrell Simpson, Scott Honaker, Marco Pinna, Ronny Criss, Hunter Nelson, Nikki Shae, Candace Graham, Harlan Pease, Alvia Sandberg M

Mon June 3...Jeff Batson, Ben Goldsmith, Matt Alderman, Tori Tullier, Jay Pilzer, Erin Thomas, Donna Frost, Renee Wahl, Rachel Pearl, Dave Isaacs, Adam & Matt Brown, Daisy Mallory, Jack Frisby, James McNair, Rachel Leanna Anderson, Ken Buono

Wed June 5....Marty Morgan, Craig Monday, Allen & Sierra Haynes, Stephen Trombley, Harold Allen, Kayla MacMillian,Virginia Vick, Ryan Bizarri, Vanessa Bransan, Mindy Campbell, Morgan Evans, Tres Ricks, Curtis Maloney, David Allen Buckner

Thur June 6....Stan Webb, Jamie Jo Thomas, Buzz Band, Leyla Fences, Greace Bernicker, John Trentes, Melissa Miller, Nick Columbia, Vernon Honey, Sean Cunningham, Alyssa Fantaskey, Willi Evans, Eric Ahlteen

Sun June 9.....Tony Stampley, Bonnie Lee Panda, Kalii Palmer, Jason Roller, Sam Russell, Billy Lee, Quarter to Three, Scott Boshears, Tony Memmel, Joe Riley, Cowboy Slim

Mon June 10....Billy Lee, Riley Weston, Stephen Trombley, Emma Klein, Starr Michelle, Paris Delane, Shantel Adams, Carrie Moeller, Len Scott, Ed Coffey, Jan Jones, Billy Hester, Hunter Phelps, Cameron Matthews, Jonathan Ross, Kokomo Joe, Tommy Holden, Stan Brown

Wed June 12.....Pam Belford, Doug Gill, Lynn Langham, Joe Downing, Wild Oat Records, Jerry Green, Denny Martin, Sam Gyllenhaal, Steve Everett, Paul O'Connor, Kevin Crafton, Greg Smith, Jeff Randle

Thur June 13....Ric Sandler, Tommy Turner, Chellanie, Julie Delgado, Karree J Phillips, Chris Miller, Kevin Crafton, Darren T, Len Chappell, Gary Cavanaugh, Kaleb Hensley, Bill Warington, Cody Wolfe, Nick Duffy, Andy Hains

Sun June 16...Wood Newton, Mike Loudermilk, Tommy Barnes, Moses Cotton, Jimmy Borja, Daisy Mallory, Jerry Mercer, Jamie Wayz, Aimee Kaye, Kenneth Cooper, Tommy Holden, Dustin Alexander, Sean Gorius, Ardis Stagner, Jaime Nelson, Molly Bowers

Mon June 17....Marc Alan Barnette, Maggie Baugh, Eddie Saenz, Scott Honaker, Steve Virginia, Tori Tullier, Ben Goldsmith, Matt alderman, Bill Warington, Caitlin Eadie, Laney Meredith, Jack Frisby, Nick Columbia, Tommy Cole, Dusty Duhon, David Taylor, Paul Reese

Wed June 19....CJ  Watson, Mike Laidley, Essra Mohawk, Sam Cooper, Billy Lee, AJ Bigler, BD Mooney, Kennan Date, Michael Applegate, Kyle Nance, Brittany Kennell, Bill Griese, Tawny River, Travis Bowlin, Marc Alan Barnette, Dee Briggs, Haley Moriva

Thur June 20....Kirsti Manor, Boomer Castleman, Lois Hess (BD party), Harold Allen, Virginia Vick, John Trentes, Cowboy Slim, Antionette Olesen, Sean Cunningham, Kokomo Joe, Tommy Holden, Salvatore Boyd, Nashgirl01. Jeff Dezern, Joe Rieg, Vernon Honey, Alvin Sandberg

Sun June 23...Donnie Winters, Greg Sawyer, James Bell, Caitlin Curtiss, Jason Adams, Denny Martin, Scott boshears, Kenneth Cooper, Cyndi Torres, Quarter To Three, Karree J Phillips, Johnny Ray, Jamie Burke, Harold Elie, Brad Howard, Matt Keyler

Mon June 24....Patti Ryan, Marc Alan Barnett, Charley Woods, Trey Stevens, Erin Viancourt, Tommy Turner, Lauren Sanders, Gordy Thomas, Casey Derhak, Tawny River, Alayna Carroll, Eric Webb, Benjamin Bogue, Kevin Medlin, Rachel McGoye

Wed June 26.....Wood Newton, Lucy Angel, Mike Laidley, Aaron Raiterri, Ed Coffey, Diane Gentes, JC Ward, Michelle Bailey, Alina Smith, Brian Mac and the Farm Dogs

Thur June 27....Jan Buckingham, Buzz Band, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Dusty Duhon, Starr Michelle, Brick de Bois, Gary Cavanaugh, Tom Pepper, Mary Hartman, Jack Boucher

Sun Jun 30....CJ Watson, Jeff Randle, Kalii Palmer, Jason Roller, Bill Warington, Caitlin Eadie, Laney Meredith, David Taylor, Alyssa Lackey, Kirstie Lovelady, Jerry Green, Makenzie Lee, Don Procunier, Nate Goodlet


Monday, March 4, 2013

REO Songwriters Retreat Aug 11-16, 2013

The 14th Annual REO Songwriters Retreat will take place August 11-16, 2013 at our rivers-edge resort. We are also proud to announce an amazing instructor faculty including Jason Blume, Karen Taylor-Good and Deborah Holland. 

We hope you will consider attending this summer and will also pass on this email to your fellow songwriters who would love to attend! Full retreat details at:

March Writers Nights at the Commadore

The Commodore Grille
2613 West End Ave
Nash Tn 37203

Tue Wed Thur and Sun nights

No cover charge

Sun Mar 3......John & Julie Pennell, Richard Trest, James Bell, Caitlyn Curtiss, Jason Adams, Lana Presley, Stephanie Layne, Lena Price, Ava Rives, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Mike Villines, Jerry Mercer, Alvia Sandberg, Amit Chadha, Kenneth Cooper, Earl Watts, Roger Hoselton, Kelly Dawn Kron, Hunter Runnels

Tues Mar 5......Jimmy Payne, Megan Katerina, Jerry Green, Rod Richmond, Allen Shervelle, Jimmy Copens, Analisa, Sean McGee, Steve Aulicino, Random Music Group, Kokomo Joe, Jonathan Ross, Billy Lee

Wed Mar 6.....Jeff Dayton, Peyton Taylor, Joe Caliva, Jamie Burke, Roger Green, Casey Derhak, Mike Laidley, Susie Colman, Kirk Pickering, Paul Wilmet, Mitch White, T Fredridk Jones, Baylor Wilson, Steven James

Thur Mar7....Michelle Little, Tyler Barham, John Griffin, Arthur Godfrey, Mare Wakefield, Jack Frisby, Billy Diluigi, Kelcy Lee, Renee Shaffer, Paul Wilmet, Manditori, Dave Isaacs, Arlo Gilliam, Angela Predhomme, Clint Freeman, Bruce Dickey

Sun Mar 10.....Joie Scott, Sharon Cort, Terry Harkleroad, Howard Yearwood, Keelan Donavon, Dalton Elliott, Matt Minchew, Karree J Phillips, AJ Bigler, Johnny Ray, Jeremy Staubas, Paul Reese, Larry King, Nashgirl 101, Jeff Dezern, Cody Preston

Tues Mar 12.....Jerry Foster, Denny Martin, Bonnie Lee Panda, Alice Bargeron, Justin Holland, Randy Morgan, Sean Cunningham, Katie & Don King, Rachel McGoye, Neil Imber, Brad Howard, Nate Goodlet, Rob Jones, Lauren Sandardes

Wed Mar 13....Brian White, Wild Oat Records, Ryan Bizarri, Jason Duke, AJ Engstrom, Jack Bond, CJ Perry, Tim Moorhouse, David Rich, Zoe Rae

Thur Mar 14.....Jan Buckingham, Vernon Honey, Hank Sasaki, Patti & Jerry Workman, Darren T, Lyn Chappell, Gordy Thomas, BedHed & Blondy, Tom Pepper, Joe Downing, Gary Cavanaugh, Jack Boucher

SUn Mar 17...CJ Watson, Pete Kennedy, Holly Spears, Keenan Date, Roger Green, Bob Paterno, Kecia Burchman, Travis Bowlin, Vanessa Hill, Tawny River, Aimee Alden, Caleb Johnson, Grace Bernicker, Larry & Michelle Putman, Lesley McDaniel, Kirstie Lovelady

Tues Mar 19....Marty Morgan, Buddy Hyatt, Ashley Hewitt, Don Gatlin, Jeff Randle, Mike Mitchell, Tim Shean, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Rachel Stump, Jerry Green, Mike Rogers, Bo Brendle, Popcorn, Random Music Group, Tom Shanteau, Greg Larsen, Marianne Alllison

Wed Mar 20....Jerry Foster, Marty Raybon, Gerald Smith, Karen Wheeler, Janice Gilbert, June Stearns, Luther Lewis, Joe Rucker, The Williamsons

Thur Mar 21....Joel Shewmake, Bob Nash, Mike Villines, Chuck Reaves, Karree J Phillips, Robbie Holder Band, Lauren Sanders, Drew Baldridge, Don Procunier, Jason Haney, Daniel Lee Dobbs, Adam Cross, Hunter Philps, Nick Columbia, Matt Wilkerson

Sun Mar 24.....Jeff Batson, Jason Duke, Ken Buono, Jerry Mercer, Aimee Alden, Jonathan Ross, Johnny Ray, Billy Lee, Gary Cavanaugh, Vanessa Hill, Virginia Vick, Bill Warington, Ryan Story, Bob Spanburgh

Tues Mar 26....Stan Webb, Paul Wilmet, Manditori, Denny Martin, Arthur Godfrey, LeeAnn Ethridge, Clint Alphin, Gregory Todd, Josh Miller, David Loe, Tommy Turner, Don Baze, Hannah Hampton

Wed Mar 27....Wood Newton, Mike Loudermilk, Craig Monday, Geoff Reid, Jerry Lee Combs, Flat River Band, Brad Howard, Amanda Nagurney, Bronson Hetzer, Dave Isaacs, Eric Ahlteen, Steve Benoit, Liz Cooper

Thurs Mar 28.....Charlie Allen, Kelly Dawn Kron, Hank Sasaki, Vernon Honey, Casey Derhak, Katie & Don King, Gordy Thomas, Karree J Phillips, David Rich, Larry King, Patti & Jerry Workman, Travis Bowlin, Tawny River

Sun Mar 31......CJ Watson, Bruce Michael Miller, Genesis, Buzz Band, Don Campbell, Bo Brendle, Hunter Runnels, AJ Bigler, AJ Engstrom, Karree J Phillips, Sean McGee, Steve Aulicino, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Nick Columbia, Eric Ahlteen, Kailey Billings

Friday, March 1, 2013

35 Denton / Grammy events

35 Denton 2013 will take place in the burgeoning arts corridor of downtown Denton, March 7-10, 2013. Four-day wristbands are available at prekindle. Also available in limited numbers: Four-day FAST TRACK passes, which allow preferred line access to venue shows, among other perks. Follow @35Denton on Twitter, Like our Facebook page, and visit our website for continued updates and announcements!

35 Denton In The Mix Music Industry Reception -

 Friday, March 8 In The Mix: 

Join us on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at LABB Patio, 218 W Oak Street, Denton, TX 76201. Cash bar.

Kick off 35 Denton 2013 networking with the people who make music happen in Denton and the DFW area. In The Mix Denton is a networking opportunity for artists, producers, engineers, songwriters, attorneys, accountants, managers, booking agents and members of The Recording Academy® (the "Grammy®" folks). Join your hosts, Recording Academy Texas Chapter Board Members, and learn how you can be involved in The Recording Academy. RSVP Here

35 Denton Music CLE - Saturday, March 9

"Will Play for Tips: 5 Legal Tips for Musicians/Artists/Songwriters"

Panel Presentation: Join us on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. Denton, TX 76201 for the Dallas Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Section panel presentation "Will Play for Tips: 5 Legal Tips for Musicians/Artists/Songwriters."

This introduction to legal issues in the music business panel will help you answer questions such as Who owns my song? Do I need a lawyer? How do I protect my brand? That's "fair use," right? and Can't we all just get along? Join us for a discussion covering copyright law, trademark law, business structure for the band and other music business legal basics.

Participants in the panel include Tamera H. Bennett, Bennett Law Office, PC/Farm to Market Music, LLC; Megan Carpenter, law professor and director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas Wesleyan School of Law and Catherine Hough, Ferguson Law Group. Free and open to the public. 1.5 hours MCLE pending.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ASCAP EXPO, April 18-20, LA

ASCAP EXPO Is the Only National Conference Dedicated to Songwriting and Composing
The ASCAP EXPO panelists are the world's most successful songwriters, composers, producers and music business leaders. EXPO attendees are the motivated, talented and ambitious next wave of the music industry. EXPO is a unique opportunity to meet with your fellow music creators and really get your career moving. The ASCAP EXPO will occur April 18-20, 2013 in Los Angeles.Deep Discount Pricing Ends January 15th.

9th Annual Steve Seskin Songcrafting Workshop Jan 26-27

Steve Seskin (8 #1 songs!) along with his songwriter and publisher guests presents an amazing weekend of creative insight and business industry information.

During the weekend Steve will be teaching many aspects of songwriting such as finding inspiration, story development, crafting a memorable melody, rewriting, effective rhyming and collaboration.

also presenting...

Barry Dean - writer at Creative Nation Music
2012 CMA AWARD - BEST SINGLE, PONTOON - LITTLE BIG TOWN and cuts by Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Kellie Pickler, Meatloaf, Alison Krauss, Sara Evans, and more!

Brandy Clark - cuts by Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, LeAnne Rimes, David Nail, Billy Currington, Kenny Rogers, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Joanna Smith, and Amanda Wilkinson. Brandy just finished recording her first album. She is cowriter of the new Band Perry single, "Better Dig Two".

Stephanie Cox - over 20 years experience in the music biz A&R at Capitol Records
Publishing and song plugging at Little Big Town, Starstruck, MCA, Larga Vista and Monument Music
Has helped launch many a major songwriting career
Currently at Kobalt Music in Nashville

Scot Sherrod -
over 17 years experience in the music biz
12 years with Major Bob Publishing
currently VP/GM at RareSpark Media


*concert Friday night with Steve at DOUGLAS CORNER - 6pm free to attendees

*5 songs (by advance submission) will be selected by Steve to be played for Stephanie.

*1 attendee (by advance submission) will be chosen to play a song at the Saturday night Bluebird round


Private Individual hour long sessions available with Steve on Friday jan. 25 - by appt only (these will sell out quickly).

Every January, Steve comes to Nashville and gives 2 full days to a group of writers, talking about what it means to be a songwriter and what it takes to write a great song, while managing to keep your integrity and navigate your way through the big bad music business.

You WILL walk away a better writer...

On behalf of Steve and myself, we hope that you are able to join us for this wonderful weekend. We look forward to you being there...

Phil Goldberg

songcrafting seminars

Writer's Night at Commadore Grille

The Commodore Grille
2613 West End Ave
Nash Tn 37203

No Cover Charge

Tue Wed Thur and Sun nights

Tues Jan writers night

Wed Jan 2....Eddie Killgallon, Kelly Dawn Kron, Roger Green, Greg Sawyer, Allen Shervelle, Bo Brendle, Harlan Pease, Craig Haller, Bill Warington, Greg Larsen, Jason Haney, Tom Shanteau

Thur Jan 3....Easton Hamlin, Gibson & Mileti, Drennan, Virginia Vick, Grace Bernicker, Bob Campbell, Daniel Lee Dobbs, Don Procunier, Kenneth Cooper, Adam Cross, Eli Fowler, Alex Vucelich

Sun Jan 6....CJ Watson, Luke Robinson, Bob Bishop, Nick Beaudoing. Tommy Turner, Tres Ricks, John Trentes, Kathleen Steadman, Matt Wilkerson, Marceia Bonin, Michael Applegate, Kyle Nance, Bob Spanburgh

Tues Jan 8....Pam Belford, Flat River Band, rob Jones, Gary Cavanaugh, Jon Statham, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Ricky Harris, Amanda Nagurney, Random Music Group-Rich Eckhardt, Andy Elliott, Bob Spanburgh, Nick Columbia, Tim Griffin, Emily Kroll

Wed Jan 9....Brian White, Sam Cooper, Wild Oat Records, Kailey Billings, David King, Karree J Phillips, Craig Morrison, Brent Lindley, Rick Caballo, Lara Wisdom, Andrew Merzi, Neal Guinane

Thurs Jan 10...Nicole Scott, John Kruger, Tumblin Tumbleweeds, Kimiko, Chuck Reaves, Mike Villalva, Brad Miller, Starr Mitchell, Ms Diana, Dr Jay, Craig Waller, Jake Neumar, Drew haley, Darcy Slade

Sun Jan 13.....Craig Monday, Geoff Reid, Jerry Lee Combs, Chuck Whiting, Wil Comstock, Betsy Warren, James Bell, Phil Holland, Caitlyn Curtiss, Brenda Parrish, Casey Benefield, Monty Wilson, Greg Southerland, Brad Howard, Steve Lelsltelr, Kevin Robey, Steve Benoit, Ann Buckle, Lindsey Houston, Miles Branch, Tyson Hanes

Tues Jan 15.....Ronnie Kimball, BedHed & Blondy, Ryan Bizarri, John Bontempi, Chris lee, Caeland Garner, Drew Baldridge, David & Dillon Rich, Robert Wilbur, Amy Brown, Logan Thomas, Chris James, David Swinson

Wed Jan 16....Donnie Winters, Joel Shewmake, Jamie Jo Thomas, Emily Henke, Roger Green, Greg Sawyer, Harlan Pease, Bob Nobles, Zack Logan, Ben Goldsmith, Tori Tullier

Thurs Jan 17.......Stan Webb, Gibson & Mileti, Emmett Grayson, Amy Estrada, Keenan Date, Maddison Grisby, Janice Gilbert, Karen McNatt, Brent Lindley, Rick Calbalo, Tommy Turner, Buzz Band

Sun Jan 20....Spady Brannon, Stan Garland, Bob Spanburgh, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Corey Anderson, John Trentes, Bill Warington, Celtic Kilroy, Lana Michelle, E Phillips, Angela Martinez

Tues Jan 22...Joel Shewmake, Emma Lord, Marceia Bonin, Don Procunier, Gordy Thomas, Gary Cavanaugh, Kenneth Cooper, Nick Columbia, David King, Dr Jay, Ms Diana, Random Music Group-Diana Kelley, Rebecca Almond, Shantel Adams, Willie Robbins, Josh Rekieta, Nick Zini

Wed Jan 23.....Pam Belford, Gerri Rowan, Angel Pontier, Joe Hash, Bruce Miller, Mason Douglas, Robert Wilbur, Tim landers, David Loe, Bill Maier, Billy Droze, Stephen Trombley, Colby Branson, Steve Lester

Thur Jan 24....Gerald Smith, Rob Jones, Chuck Reaves, Jay Pilzer, Chris Lee, Drew Baldridge, Caeland Garner, Janice Gilbert, Rhonda Armstrong, Shantel Adams, Michael Applegate, Kyle Nance, Darcy Slade, Tom Borrelli, Delaney Baker, Melissa Miller, Sarah Spencer

Sun Jan 27.....Bobby Pizazz, Buzz Band, Lydia Patritto, Zack Logan, Tori Tullier, Ben Goldsmith, toommy Turner, Terri Calderon, Jessica Rojas, Brett McGuire, Andrew Sullivan, John Sturgill, Steve Dorian

Tues Jan 29...Patti Ryan, Ruan Bizarri, Brad Miller, Duette, John Trentes, Kevin Robey, Jamie Jo Thomas, Eddie Saenz, Bob Nobles, Stephanie Falcone

Wed Jan 30.....Wood Newton, Mike Loudermilk, Ric Sandler, Molly Hunt, Mike Laidley, Joe Rieg, Sam Cooper, Kimiko, Quarter to Three, Jack Witteveen, Allen Shervelle

Thurs Jan 31....Bernie Nelson & friends

Saturday, December 8, 2012

DFW Holiday Music Events

Musical Holiday Events in DFW

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 8
Grand Prairie

Kalita Humphreys Theater : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 23

December 7-9 : Sun Matinee 2:30 p.m.
December 8

December 9
Fort Worth

NorthPark Center : 6:30 p.m.
December 9

December 10
Fort Worth

December 11

Tinos Mexican Cafe in Collin Creek Mall : 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
December 11

December 12
Fort Worth

McDavid Studio : 8:00 p.m.
December 14
Fort Worth

Lakewood Theater : 8:30 p.m.
December 15

December 16

December 17 & 18

Poor David's Pub : 8:00 p.m.
December 20
Oak Cliff

McDavid Studio : 8:00 p.m.
December 21
Fort Worth

December 21
Fort Worth

Lakewood Theater : 7:00 p.m.
December 22

December 23

NorthPark Center : 11:00 p.m.
December 24

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The Commodore Grille
2613 West End Ave
Nash Tn 37203

Tue Wed Thur & Sun nights

no cover charge

Sun Dec 2....Barbara Cloyd, Kathy Von, Mike Laidley, Susie Coleman, Kirk Pickering, Maxwell Camp, Johnny Ray, Ben Rice, Larry King, Jay Edwards, Keelan Donavon, David Brendanhunt, Christie Mitchen, Tony Manfetano

Tue Dec 4.......John Stone, Buzz Band, Jessica Nixon, Jeremy Dean, Mark Chessir, Katie Bishop, Tom Borrelli, Casey Derhak, Candace Graham, Brandon Frazier, David & Dillon Rich, Trey Stevens

Wed Dec 5.......Jerry Foster, Marty Raybon, Judy Rodman, Karen Wheeler, Bronson Bush, Don & Karen McNatt, Joe Rucker, The Williamsons

Thurs Dec 6....Ralph Murphy, Chris Wallin, Tommy Barnes, Bernie Nelson, Judy Rodman, Rich Fagan, Donnie Winters, Barbara Cloyd, Joel Shewmake, Bill Whyte, Brian White, Bruce Wallace, Phil Barton, Marc Alan Barnette, Jeff Dayton, Jerry Foster, Michelle Little, Gerald Smith, Rick Stewart, Allen Haynes, Sam Cooper, and others

Sun Dec 9....Melody Guy, Breaux Gargano, Mike Villines, TJ Young, Karree J Phillips, Harlan Pease, Hank Sasaki, Nick Columbia, Brannon Jaggers, Mike Rodgers, Jeremy Staubus, Craig Haller, Patrick Willliams, Sean McGee, Steve Aulicino, Taryn O'Neara, Eric Burgett

Tue Dec 11.....Spady Brannon, Pete Salis, Riley Weston, Fiona Culley, Seth Costner, Christian Toddonio, Ryan Bizarri, Pam Belford, Pam Ward, Tommy Tietjen Luke & Jesse Maness, Bo Brendle, Bin Johnson, Kelly Dawn Kron, Random Music Group-Arthur Godfrey, Karie Moulden, Shelley Brown, Emily Henke, Emily Kozacek, Andrew & Lauren St Marie

Wed Dec 12......Bill Whyte, Allen Shervelle, Wild Oat Records, Jeff Jenkins, Tim Gray, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Roger Green, Jeanne Peterson, Caroline Watkins, Steve Wright, Daniel Lee Dobbs, Hunter Runnels, David Walker, AJ Bigler

Thurs Dec 13.....Lisa Aschmann, Patti & Jerry Workman, Alayna Carroll, Johnny Poole, Pug Johnson, Lori Loveless, Virginia Vick, Lorna Flowers, Daisy Mallory, Melissa Bollea, Sharon Cort, Howard Yearwood, Terry Harkleroad, Don McNatt, Rachael McGoye, Travis Bowlin, Dalton Elliott

Sun Dec 16....Donnie Winters, Jack Bond, AJ Engstrom, Aimee Alden, Emma Klein, Adam Fountain, Johnny Ray, Sean Gorius, Carrie Mills, David Letourneau, Michael Brian, Matt Minchew

Tues Dec 18....Marc Alan Barnette, Amanda Willliams, Bedhed & Blondy, Jace & Dorothy Seavers, Don & Katie King, Craig Waller, Ryan Tolson, Billy Lee, Chris Housman, Joe Rieg, Paul Reese, Star Mitchell, Neil Imber

Wed Dec 19....Jeff Dayton, Buzz Band, Gordy Thomas, Rory Miller, Jack Kapanka, Karree J Phillips, Heidi Beuerlein, Drennan, David & Dillon Rich, Judah Legg, Kecia Burchman, Andrew Scott Wills, Bruce Dickey, Nelson Moore

Thurs Dec 20......Rich Fagan, Craig Haller, Mark Chessir, Aimee Kaye, Jamie Wayz, Mike Laidley, Susie Coleman, Kirk Pickering, Harlan Pease, Breaux Gargano, Greg Sawyer, Nick Columbia, Emily Henke, Daniel Lee Dobbs, Tommy Tietjen, Rebecca Hosking, Scott Neubert

Sun Dec 23.....Jon Robbin, Allen Shervelle, Hank Sasaki, Brannon Jaggers, Kelly Dawn Kron, Jeanne Peterson, Roger Green, Josh Mendez, Hannah Seliciano, Matt Watson, Sam Cooper, Nate Scates, Rob Jones

Tues Dec writers night

Wed Dec 26.....Craig Monday, Geoff Reid, Jerry Lee Combs, Craig Waller, David & Dillon Rich, Gordy Thomas, Gary Cavanaugh, Pug Johnson, Johnny Ray, Billy Lee, Zanna Rose, Emmett Grayson, John Sparkman, Michael J Sullivan, Marianne Allison, Taylor Hart

Thur Dec 27.....Tommy Barnes, Patti & Jerry Workman, David Letourneau, Jack Kapanka, Scott Joyce, Tom Pepper, Ms Diana, Dr Jay, Nick Columbia, Eric Stuart, Mike Villalva, Ian Andrews, David Dulcie, Brad Howard, Erisa Rei, Senorita Awesome, Cody Gerald, Rich Krieger

Sun Dec 30.....Michelle Little, Bo Brendle, Karree J Phillips, Breaux Gargano, AJ Bigler, Buzz Band, Aimee Alden, Greg Southerland, Monty Wilson, Caleb Johnson, Zoe Rae, Kristen Parisi, Reno Bo

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Retreat July 15-20

REO Resort 13th  

Take advantage of our Super Early Bird Rates

Space is limited book today!

Above rate includes 14 songwriting classes, 5 nights camping in own tent, 14 delicious meals, daily social hour with wine & appies. Lodging upgrades available from $150 pp.
Canadian songwriters: FACTOR funding available. Discount for SAC & SOCAN members.

Unique setting on the edge of the river, internationally-qualified instructors, amazing hospitality, talented songwriters from all over the world..........what better songwriting experience can you ask for?

Latin Music Conference and Awards, LA - June 6

New York, New York – May 24, 2012 – The Latin Mixx Conference & Awards, Presented by Hennessy, announced that it is expanding its annual Latin Mixx Conference & Awards to add new events in Miami and Los Angeles as the event’s influence grows beyond its original New York City event offerings.
The growth of the Conference & Awards further reflects the ever-growing influence of Hispanic culture, and specifically Latin music. This year’s Latin Mixx Conference and Awards will first kickoff in Los Angeles on June 6th with a brand new event for 2012 – “The Latin Mixx Social Series Presented by Hennessy.”
The event features a panel discussion featuring industry influentials, as well as an opportunity to attend intimate events with a Hennessy flair.
The Latin Mixx Conference & Awards, Presented by Hennessy, will visit Miami, Florida on June 14th at The Albion Hotel in Miami Beach to bring together Miami influential industry representatives and dive into Miami’s the rich and dynamic Latin music. Miami’s Latin Mixx event will be another chance to experience Hennessy’s newest campaign championing personal drive and success –
Additional details regarding The Latin Mixx Conference & Awards, Presented by Hennessy can be found at

Cutting Edge Music Conference showcase deadline approaching June 15

20th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference
Announces its
2012 Keynote Speakers
September 26 – 30, 2012
Gallier Hall and Lafayette Square
New Orleans, LA • fb • twitter @CuttingEdgeNOLA
Cutting Edge’s keynotes and featured speakers represent the reality that despite the continual changes within the entertainment industry, the basics (booking, touring, marketing, and distribution) remain even more important and critical to an artist’s success then ever.

Also, in the issue…
- Artists Showcase request opens
- Panel and speaker suggestions welcomed
- 2012 “new” location
- NOLA downtown music and arts festival

Artist Showcase: ReverbNation Supports the Cutting Edge

ReverbNation’s 2.25 million members now receive information about showcase opportunities. Application fees are waived through ReverbNation’s social shout system. Bands seeking to submit via ReverbNation go can do so here:

Artists can also apply directly here: (select NewWorks Artist showcase).

Deadline: June 15, 2012